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Manchester City vs West Ham - 5.30pm BST Barclays Premier League Match Day Thread
17 September 2015 08:54 Post ID: #555695
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City return to Premier League action this Saturday after yet another chastening start to a Champions League campaign. There is no time for the players to feel sorry for themselves or have any vestiges of self doubt - it is time to get back on the horse and continue to move forward. They have set the pace and standard in the Premier League and this is not the time to allow that to be knocked off course.

The games come this and fast now and another Top of the Table clash (Home form vs Away form) awaits against a spirited West Ham side who sit 5th in the table having already won away at the Emirates and Candlefield, sorry, Anfield. Slaven Bilic has settled into his role quickly and has clearly found one of the Premier League potential stars of the season in Dmiitri Payet. The French winger has shown that he has an eye for goal netting twice against Newcastle last Monday.

Talking of the defence - City wait on the fitness of captain Vincent Kompany after he left the pitch early against Juventus with a calf strain. His return date is shown as 19th Sept and so it would not surprise me to see him start the game ......only for the injury to cause him to depart early once again having aggravated it. He has previous for this and whilst I wholly admire his enthusiasm and determination I hope that if he declares himself fit that he is not letting his spirit and eagerness get the better of him. The solidity of our defence has been a critical factor in how well we have started this season (zero goals conceded) and whilst I am not a favour of the over rotation Pellegrini indulged in last season I also don't want Kompany to face the sort of stop-start situation which proved so disruptive last season.

Aguero should be fit to resume his berth in the starting eleven after having been scythed down by Scott Dann last weekend. The more I saw that assault, the worse it looked. Dann did not just look to trip Aguero, he set out to clatter him good and proper. The message from that tackle is clear - opposing managers know just how potent a striker he is and will leave their players in no doubt that he has to be stopped - at all costs. A massive compliment it may be to his skill and ability but that doesn't feel great when he is sat in the stands with an ice pack. Better judgement is required from the officials.

He will surely be looking to get back onto the scoresheet before the media hacks, desperate for ammunition to beat City with, declare a 'crisis' because he has only netted once so far this campaign. With goals being delivered from elsewhere within the team we seem well equipped to ride out this but after the lack of composure demonstrated by Bony against Juventus and Navas showed when through against Palace, there is no one who can hold a candle to Sergio when it comes to keeping a cool head in front of the goal. Young Sterling could do well to put in some extra sessions with Sergio to watch how he deals with the situation when through on goal and with just the keeper to beat. The lad has shown he can get into great positions but has lacked that indefinable decision making quality in putting the ball away.

Next big question is whether The Engineer slots in new boy Kevin De Bruyne for this home fixture. The golden rule in football is 'don't change a winning team' and I suspect that Navas may be likely to keep his place as Pellegrini allows young Kevin to get acclimatised to the rare atmosphere of the Premier League. Despite an anonymous cameo against Juventus he made a great start last weekend with some telling passes and his future looks bright in Sky Blue.

After his injury time winner against Palace young Kelachi Iheanacho can once again expect a place on the berti with the prospect of more game time as he cements his place in the squad. It was great to see the young man grab that late winner last weekend and very pleasing to see how humble he was in the post match interview. As a by product of the media frothing and hysteria (yes, Martin Tyler I am looking at you, sycophantic git) that followed the latest rag messiah's goal against Liverpool I have to say that it might well not be a bad thing for his contribution to fly a little under radar. There is enough pressure in the world without the additional attention that his winner might have brought had not the Liverpool defence been so obliging to their opponent.

City will be without the medium term injured Zabaleta (must be gnashing his teeth at the start the club have made), Clichy and Delph.

West Ham will be missing Alex Song, Zarate, O'Brien, Valencia & their £12m signing (see, I can do it too) Ogbona.

The past is the past, it is time to focus back on the bread and butter football this Saturday before away trips to Sunderland (Carling Cup), Tottingham (PL) and then Borussia M Gladbach (CL) looming. After the weekend City don't return to the Etihad until 3rd October when they face Newcastle.

City's players demonstrated the sort of resilience required of champions last weekend. They will need to dig into that bank of experience and determination now after the disappointing set back of Tuesday night and continue to shove the words of the hacks and nay sayers who quickly came crawling out from under their rocks midweek back down their throats.

COME ON CITY!
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17 September 2015 09:02 Post ID: #555697 - in reply to #555695
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I'm confident that we won't let Tuesday's result affect our game. Reading what Pellegrini, Kompany and Yaya have had to say you can see that they know they performed well enough to win that game and so can take the positives from the performance into this fixture. It's not like season's past where we have been found wanting in the CL which affected confidence and morale.
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18 September 2015 13:14 Post ID: #555731 - in reply to #555695
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@MCFC: PELLEGRINI: "Our full injury list for tomorrow is @pablo_zabaleta, @VincentKompany, Gael Clichy, Fabian Delph and @SamNasri19." #MCFC
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18 September 2015 15:44 Post ID: #555734 - in reply to #555695
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I like the look of Payet. Him aside they're a pretty predictable crowd, Bilic or no Bilic. If we can suppress his creativity in midfield we'll make things a lot easier for ourselves.
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18 September 2015 18:43 Post ID: #555738 - in reply to #555695
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So Otamendi or Demichelis, not sure I like Martin and think he does well when asked, but we have paid out big time for Nick.

Nasri has impressed of late, that is because he now has competition and if he wants a start then he has to play at his best, but with Kev waiting for his start, I think this maybe the opportunity for Pellers to say go and show us, but will he put Kev in a central role and bring David out to the right.

In be the Manager so far I have not been able to second guess the Charming man.
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19 September 2015 02:37 Post ID: #555746 - in reply to #555695
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Would probably go for Martin and Mangala as they know each other and if a lead emerges give Ota 25 minutes. Payet was terrific against the bin dippers but fern will dig lumps out of him. hopefully chel v Arse will end up o-o. Will give us a huge incentive for the win.
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19 September 2015 07:26 Post ID: #555751 - in reply to #555695
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The man in the middle for this game is Mr Robert Madley.
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19 September 2015 11:08 Post ID: #555756 - in reply to #555695
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Another important game. The spammers playing well away from home and hitting on the break. Can they repeat their performances away to us though ? We'll find out soon enough. Be interesting if Chelsea and Arse finish 0-0.

Hope we are really up for this one so we can put Tuesday night behind us for a while. We'll need to be up for it as the spammers, like Palace have bought well and integrated their quality additions into the squad with good management.

We'll take this one for granted at our peril.
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19 September 2015 16:31 Post ID: #555783 - in reply to #555695
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CITY XI: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Sterling, Silva, Aguero
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19 September 2015 16:33 Post ID: #555784 - in reply to #555695
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Berti:Caballero, Maffeo, Demichelis, Fernando, Navas, Bony, Iheanacho
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19 September 2015 16:33 Post ID: #555785 - in reply to #555695
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Manchester City
01 Hart
03 Sagna
30 Otamendi
20 Mangala
11 Kolarov
42 Y Touré
25 Fernandinho
17 De Bruyne
21 Silva
07 Sterling
10 Agüero
Substitutes
06 Fernando
13 Caballero
14 Bony
15 Jesús Navas
26 Demichelis
50 Maffeo
72 Iheanacho
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19 September 2015 17:01 Post ID: #555786 - in reply to #555785
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That is a seriously exciting forward line!
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19 September 2015 17:03 Post ID: #555787 - in reply to #555695
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Silva out for Navas
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19 September 2015 17:04 Post ID: #555788 - in reply to #555695
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Knew it was too good to be true
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19 September 2015 17:05 Post ID: #555789 - in reply to #555695
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Chelsea 2 - 0 Arsenal FT
Aston Villa 0 - 1 West Brom FT
Bournemouth 2 - 0 Sunderland FT
Newcastle 1 - 2 Watford FT
Stoke 2 - 2 Leicester FT
Swansea 0 - 0 Everton FT
Man City v West Ham 17:30
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19 September 2015 17:05 Post ID: #555790 - in reply to #555695
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Silva injured in the warm up. Replaced by Navas :doh!:
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19 September 2015 17:07 Post ID: #555791 - in reply to #555695
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